In Which Donald Trump Jr. Tweets Another White Supremacist Trope: A “Rape Epidemic” by Immigrants

Director of racist outreach for the Trump campaign
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Donald Trump Jr. seems to have taken over the “white supremacist outreach” position in the Trump campaign, and today he follows up his ugly “Skittles” tweet with one of the most common white supremacist tropes of all time: that immigrants are responsible for a “rape epidemic,” targeted against Western women. This one goes all the way back to the KKK-sympathizing silent film “Birth of a Nation.”

He’s linking to Breitbart “News,” because of course he is, and the article is a ludicrous anti-Muslim screed written by Anne-Marie Waters — who isn’t identified in the piece, but is a member of the UK’s far right UKIP and a director of an anti-Muslim group called “Sharia Watch.” In 2015, she followed the lead of US anti-Muslim hate group leader Pamela Geller and planned a “Draw Mohamed” event in London.

About that claim of a “rape epidemic:” it’s hard to find actual statistics that either back this up or debunk it. If you search Google for information you’ll get a deluge of anti-Muslim hate sites ranting about epidemics, of course. But since Waters uses Sweden as one of her main examples, is it true there’s an immigrant “rape epidemic” in Sweden?

Not according to the latest statistics compiled by the Swedish Crime Survey, which show very little change in the number of sex offenses between the years 2005 to 2014.

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